ERIC Number: EJ1154680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Readability of Informed Consent Documents at University Counseling Centers
Lustgarten, Samuel D.; Elchert, Daniel M.; Cederberg, Charles; Garrison, Yunkyoung L.; Ho, Y. C. S.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v31 n4 p281-296 2017
The extent to which clients understand the nature and anticipated course of therapy is referred to as informed consent. Counseling psychologists often provide informed consent documents to enhance the education of services and for liability purposes. Professionals in numerous health care settings have evaluated the readability of their informed consent documents, but no such peer-reviewed research exists for university counseling centers. This study evaluated the informed consent documents for psychotherapy from university counseling centers using three readability formulas (Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, Flesch Reading Ease Score, and Simple Measure of Gobbledygook [SMOG] Grading). The findings support the authors' exploratory hypotheses that informed consent documents in university counseling centers are rated as challenging to read for college students. Recommendations and implications for practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Readability, Informed Consent, Counseling Services, College Students, Therapy, Counselor Client Relationship, Counseling Psychology, Psychologists, Health Services, Readability Formulas, Psychotherapy, Campuses, Ethics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Flesch Reading Ease Formula; Flesch Kincaid Grade Level Formula